FILMSJULY 2015

(Nasr 2005) Shad­ows in the Dark: The Val Lew­ton Legacy
(Tourneur 1942) Cat Peo­ple
(Rush­ton 2013) Time Team: Ep.259 ― The For­got­ten Gun­ners of WWI
(Moore 1963) Perry Mason: Ep.191 ― The Case of the Devi­ous Delin­quent
(Buchanan 1966) Curse Of The Swamp Crea­ture
(Leder 1998) Deep Impact
(Rush­ton 2013) Time Team: Ep.260 ― Bran­caster, Nor­folk — Bran­caster
*(Trevor­row 2015) Juras­sic World
(All­ward 2013) Time Team: Ep.261 ― Ely, Cardiff — A Cap­i­tal Hill
(Rae 1978) Laserblast Read more »

First-time listening for July 2015

27004. Did­jeri­doo: Musique aborigène d’Australie
27005. (Off­spring) The Off­spring
27006. (Kas­sia) Dox­a­zomen sou Christe
27007. (Kas­sia) Ek rizis agathis
27008. (Kas­sia) O syna­po­s­ta­tis tyran­nos
27009. (Kas­sia) O Phar­iseos
27010. (Kas­sia) O Vasilevs tis doxis Chris­tos
27011. (Kas­sia) I Edessa
27012. (Kas­sia) Tin pen­ta­chor­don lyran
27013. (Kas­sia) Igapisas theophore
27014. (Kas­sia) Yper ton Elli­non
27015. (Kas­sia) I en polles amar­ties
27016. (Kas­sia) Pela­gia
27017. (Kas­sia) Tou stavrou sou I dynamis
27018. (Kas­sia) Olvon lipousa patrikon
27019. (Kas­sia) Petron ke Pavlon
27020. (Kas­sia) Isaïou nyn tou prophi­tou
27021. (Kas­sia) I ton lip­sanon sou thiki
27022. (Kas­sia) Avgous­tou monar­chisan­tos
27023. (Kas­sia) Christina mar­tys
27024. (Fela Kuti) Koola Lobitos: The ’69 L.A. Ses­sions
27025. (Suede) Dog Man Star
27026. (Vic­tor Uwaifo) Guitar-Boy Super­star 1970–76

READINGJULY 2015

26118. (James Wood­ford) The Wollemi Pine
26119. (Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine) De l’esclavage en Canada
26120. (Bev­er­ley Bois­sery) A Deep Sense of Wrong — The Trea­son, Tri­als, and Trans­porta­tion
. . . . to New South Wales of Lower Cana­dian Rebels after the 1838 Rebel­lion
26121. (Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine) Deux giri­ou­ettes, ou l’hypocrisie démasquée
26122. (R. J. Van der Spek) Berossus as a Baby­lon­ian Chron­i­cler and Greek His­to­rian [arti­cle]
26123. (Patti Miller) The Mind of a Thief
26124. (David Stu­art Davies) The Rid­dle of the Vis­it­ing Angel [story]
26125. (Cas­san­dra Pybus) Epic Jour­neys of Free­dom — Run­away Slaves of the Amer­i­can
. . . . Rev­o­lu­tion and Their Global Quest for Lib­erty
26126. (Steve Hewitt) Mor­pho­log­i­cal and Syn­tac­tic Dialect Vari­a­tion in Bre­ton [arti­cle]
26127. (Siân Rees) The Float­ing Brothel — The Extra­or­di­nary True Sto­ryof an Eigh­teenth–
. . . . cen­tury Ship and Its Cargo of Female Con­victs
26128. (Steve Hewitt) Back­ground Infor­ma­tion on Bre­ton [arti­cle]
26129. (Rickie Lette) The His­tory of a Nine­teenth Cen­tury Sofa: Leisure, Com­fort, Colo­nial­ism
. . . . and Trade [arti­cle]
26130. (Stephen Lea­cock) Bald­win, LaFontaine, Hincks: Respon­si­ble Gov­ern­ment
26131. (Frits Berends) Hen­drik Antoon Lorentz: His Role in Physics and Soci­ety [arti­cle]
26132. (Rickie Lette) Cul­tural Exchange in the Cru­sader States of the Lev­ant [arti­cle]
26133. (Pál Raczky, et al) Short Report on the 2014 Exca­va­tions at Polgár-Csőszhalom [arti­cle]
26134. (Car­o­line Ford) Syd­ney Beaches: A His­tory
26135. (Pál Raczky, Alexan­dra Anders & Zsuzsanna Sik­lósi) Tra­jec­to­ries of Con­ti­nu­ity and
. . . . Change between the Late Neolithic and the Cop­per Age in East­ern Hun­gary [arti­cle]
26136. (Tor­ben Bjarke Ballin) Per­cep­tions of Quartz in Scot­tish Pre­his­tory [arti­cle]
26137. (Joanne Pills­bury) Inka Unku: Strat­egy and Design in Colo­nial Peru [arti­cle]
26138. (Ivana Pandžić & Marc Van­der Lin­den) Neolithic Site of Kočićevo in Lower Vrbas
. . . . Val­ley [report]
26139. (Alessan­dra Negri, et al) A Poten­tial Global Bound­ary Stra­to­type Sec­tion and Point
. . . . [GSSP] for the Tar­ent­ian Stage, Upper Pleis­tocene, from the Taranto Area, Italy:
. . . . Results and Future Per­spec­tives [arti­cle]
26140. (Fred C. Woud­huisen) A Myce­naean Royal Trader [arti­cle]
26141. (Johannes Müller) Eight Mil­lion Neolithic Euro­peans: Social Demog­ra­phy and Social
. . . . Archae­ol­ogy on the Scope of Change — From the Near East to Scan­di­navia [arti­cle]
26142. (Joe Flat­man & Mark Stan­i­forth) Sub­merged Cul­tural Land­scapes [arti­cle]
26143. (Scott A. Mensing, et al) 2700 Years of Mediter­ranean Envi­ron­men­tal Change in Cen­tral
. . . . Italy: A Syn­the­sis of Sed­i­men­tary and Cul­tural Records to Inter­pret Past Impacts of
. . . . Cli­mate on Soci­ety [arti­cle]
26144. (Elías López-Romero Gon­za­les de la Aleja) Char­ac­ter­iz­ing the Evo­lu­tion of Visual
. . . . Land­scapes in the Late Pre­his­tory of South­west Mor­bi­han [arti­cle]
26145. (Anon.) Luwian Hiero­glyphic Texts in Late Bronze Age Scribal Tra­di­tion
26146. (Mark Golitko & Gary M. Fein­man) Pro­cure­ment and Dis­tri­b­u­tion of Pre-Hispanic
. . . . Mesoamer­i­can Obsid­ian 900 BC-AD 1520: A Social Net­work Analy­sis [arti­cle]
26147. (George Ade) Thirty Fables in Slang
26148. (Robert Barr) In the Grip of the Green Demon [story]
26149. (Mario Alinei) Yan­kee: A Dutch Ety­mol­ogy Revis­ited [arti­cle]
26150. (Richard Bradley) The Pre­his­tory of Britain and Ire­land
26151. (Mario Alinei) Euro­pean Dialects: A Win­dow on the Pre­his­tory of Europe [arti­cle]
26152. (Temma Kaplan) Democ­racy: A World His­tory
26153. (Barry Z. Cyna­mon & Steven M. Faz­zari) Inequal­ity, the Great Reces­sion, and Slow
. . . . Recov­ery [arti­cle]
26154. (Dave Finkel­stein & Jack Lon­don) Greater Nowheres — A Jour­ney through the
. . . . Aus­tralian Bush
26155. (Richard P. Ever­shed, et al) Ear­li­est Date for Milk Use in the Near East and
. . . . South­east­ern Europe Linked to Cat­tle Herd­ing [arti­cle]
26156. (Albert Rubio, et al) The Rock Art of Sarachi River Basin: The El Arco and Blance de la
. . . . Pulsera Caves, Sonora, Mex­ico [arti­cle]
26157. (Bill Bevan) Walk into Pre­his­tory
26158. (Zaryab Iqbal & Har­vey Starr) Bad Neigh­bors: Failed States and Their Con­se­quences
. . . . [arti­cle]
26159. (William J. Bur­roughs) Cli­mate Change in Pre­hisory — The End of the Reign of Chaos
26160. (Jean Le Dû) Revue de Vrais bre­tons et pseudo-normes par François P. Bon­not [review]
26161. (Mario Alinei) Magico-Religious Moti­va­tions in Euro­pean Dialects, and the
. . . . Sig­nif­i­cance of Their Stratig­ra­phy [arti­cle]
26162. (Fred C. Woud­huisen) The Eth­nic­ity of the Sea Peo­ples
26163. (Jared Bissinger & Linn Maung Maung) Sub­na­tional Gov­ern­ments and Busi­ness in
. . . . Myan­mar [report]
26164. (Asia Foun­da­tion) Pro­file of the “Bangkok Shut­down” Pro­tes­tors — A Sur­vey of Anti–
. . . . Gov­ern­ment PDRC Demon­stra­tors in Bangkok [report]
26165. (Hergé) Tintin au Pays des Sovi­ets
26166. [2] (Mark Twain) The Mys­te­ri­ous Stranger [ill. N.C. Wyeth] [1916 Harper Edi­tion] [not
. . . . same as Esel­dorf ver­sion [Diary of Young Satan] at 22281 or No.44 ver­sion]
26167. (Mark Twain) No.44, the Mys­te­ri­ous Stranger [Mark Twain Project text]

Friday, July 24 2015 — My Neighbourhood in 1968

Here are four pho­tos taken in my neigh­bour­hood in Toronto, in the 1960s. The three pho­tos of kids are all from 1968. The pic­ture of Sher­bourne sub­way sta­tion is from a few years ear­lier — the women still have the bizarre bouf­fant hair­dos of the early six­ties, and the men are still wear­ing hats. Notice the pious, rev­er­ent, obe­di­ent man­ners of the kids (*NOT*).

15-07-24 BLOG Toronto1968-1 15-07-24 BLOG Toronto1968-2 15-07-24 BLOG Toronto1968-3 15-07-24 BLOG Toronto1968-4

FILMSJUNE 2015

(Hoar 2013) Shet­land: Ep.1 ― Red Bones, Part 1
(Hoar 2013) Shet­land: Ep.2 ― Red Bones, Part 2
(Palmer 2009) Agatha Christie’s Marple: Ep.13 ― A Pock­et­ful Of Rye
(Marks 1963) Perry Mason: Ep.182 ― The Case of the Neb­u­lous Nephew
(McNaughton 1969) Monty Python’s Fly­ing Cir­cus: Ep.10 ― Unti­tled
(Bruce 1984) The Adven­tures of Sher­lock Holmes: Ep.2 ― The Danc­ing Men
(Marks 1963) Perry Mason: Ep.183 ― The Case of the Shifty Shoe­box
(Hibbs 1963) Perry Mason: Ep.184 ― The Case of the Drowsy Mos­quito
(Hibbs 1963) Perry Mason: Ep.185 ― The Case of the Deadly Ver­dict
(Lynch 1984) Dune [Riff­Trax ver­sion] Read more »

First-time listening for June 2015

26985. (Henk Bad­ings) Sym­phony #3
26986. (Wu-Tang Clan) Enter the Wu-Tang
26987. (Real Estate) Days
26988. (Tarun Bhat­tacharya) Hyp­notic San­toor
26989. (Miley Cyrus) Bangerz
26990. (Dinah Wash­ing­ton) Dinah Wash­ing­ton [Verve Jazz Mas­ters #19]
26991. (Louis Arm­strong) “West End Blues”
26992. (Paul White­man & George Gersh­win) “Rhap­sody in Blue” [short ver­sion]
26993. (Fats Waller) “Ain’t Mis­be­havin’” Read more »

READINGJUNE 2015

26068. (Stephen L. Dyson & Robert J. Row­land Jr.) Archae­ol­ogy and His­tory in Sar­dinia:
. . . . . Shep­herds, Sailors, & Con­querors
(Clif­ford D. Simak) Une Chasse Dan­gereuse:
. . . . 26069. (Clif­ford D. Simak) Une chasse dan­gereuse [= The World That Couldn’t Be]
. . . . 26070. (Clif­ford D. Simak) Pour sauver la guerre [= The Civ­i­liza­tion Game]
. . . . 26071. (Clif­ford D. Simak) Plus besoin d’hommes [= How-2]
. . . . 26072. (Clif­ford D. Simak) La planète aux pièges [= Junk­yard] [read in Eng­lish at 233]
. . . . 26073. (Clif­ford D. Simak) Jar­di­nage [= Green Thumb]
. . . . 26074. (Clif­ford D. Simak) Opéra­tion putois [= Oper­a­tion Stinky]
. . . . 26075. (Clif­ford D. Simak) Pro­jet Mastodonte [= Project Mastodon]
26076. (Francesco d’Errico & Mar­ian Van­haeren) Ear­li­est Per­sonal Orna­ments and their
. . . . . Sig­nif­i­cance for the Ori­gin of Lan­guage Debate [arti­cle]
26077. (Christo­pher Stu­art Hen­shilwood & Benoî Dubreuil) Read­ing the Arti­facts: Glean­ing
. . . . . Lan­guage Skills from the Mid­dle Stone Age in South­ern Africa [arti­cle]
26078. (Ian Watts) Red Ochre, Body Paint­ing, and Lan­guage: Inter­pret­ing the Blom­bos Ochre
. . . . . [arti­cle]
26079. (Kris­ten J. Gremil­lion) Ances­tral Appetites — Food in Pre­his­tory
26080. (Rudolf Botha) The­o­ret­i­cal Unde­pin­nings of Infer­ences about Lan­guage Evo­lu­tion: The
. . . . . Syn­tax Used at Blom­bos Cave [arti­cle]
26081. (Alan H. Sim­mons) Stone Age Sailors — Pale­olithic Sea­far­ing in the Mediter­ranean
26082. (Bar­bara Wilkens) Fish­ing in the Ara­bian Sea: A Short Note on the Pre­his­toric Sites
. . . . . RH6 and Ra’s al-Jinz 1 in Oman [arti­cle]
26083. (Richard Rudge­ley) The Lost Civ­i­liza­tions of the Stone Age
26084. (W. Tecum­seh Fitch) Fos­sil Cues to the Evo­lu­tion of Speech [arti­cle]
26085. (Karl C. Diller & Rebecca L. Cann) Evi­dence Against a Genetic-bases Rev­o­lu­tion in
. . . . . Lan­guage 50,000 Years Ago [arti­cle]
26086. (A. Dou­glas Stone) Ein­stein and the Quan­tum
26087. (Arthur Conan Doyle) The Nar­ra­tive of John Smith
26088. (Yolande Stew­art ̶ ed.) My Dear Friend: Let­ters of Louis Hip­polyte LaFontaine &
. . . . . Robert Bor­den
26089. (G. K. Chester­ton) The Invis­i­ble Man [story]
26090. (Camilla Power) Sex­ual Selec­tion Mod­els for the Emer­gence of Sym­bolic
. . . . . Com­mu­ni­ca­tion: Why They Should Be Reversed [arti­cle]
26091. (Wil Roe­broeks & Alexan­der Ver­poorte) A “Language-fee” Expla­na­tion for Dif­fer­ences
. . . . . between the Euro­pean Mid­dle and Upper Pale­olithic Record [arti­cle]
26092. (Steve Muhlberger) [in blog Muhlberger’s World His­tory] Gotta Have Medieval Robots:
. . . . . Medieval Robots: Mech­a­nism, Magic, Nature, and Art by E. R. Tru­itt [review]
26093. (Steve Muhlberger) [in blog Muhlberger’s World His­tory] Grate­ful for Her Fine Fair
. . . . . Dis­count, Tess Coop­er­ates [arti­cle]
26094. (James R. Hur­ford & Dan Dediu) Diver­sity in Lan­guages, Genes, and the Lan­guage
. . . . . Fac­ulty [arti­cle]
26093. (Steve Muhlberger) [in blog Muhlberger’s World His­tory] Ran­dom His­tor­i­cal
. . . . . Obser­va­tions [arti­cle]
26094. (Chris Knight) Lan­guage, Ochre, and the Rule of Law [arti­cle]
26095. (Michael Cysouw & Bernard Com­rie) How Var­ied Typo­log­i­cally Are the Lan­guages of
. . . . . Africa [arti­cle]
26096. (Bonny Sands & Tom Gülde­mann) What Click Lan­guages Can and Can’t Tell Us about
. . . . . Lan­guage Ori­gins [arti­cle]
26097. [2] (Eva Can­terella) Bisex­u­al­ity In the Ancient World
26098. (Peter Gay) The Enlight­en­ment ― An Inter­pre­ta­tion: The Sci­ence of Free­dom
26099. (Ken­neth Bul­mer) No Man’s World
26100. (Poul Ander­son) May­day Orbit
26101. (Arthur Conan Doyle) Dan­ger­ous Work: The Diary of an Arc­tic Adven­ture
26102. (Clive Gam­ble, et al) The Late Glacial Ances­try of Euro­peans [arti­cle]
26103. (Clive Gam­ble) The Anthro­pol­ogy of Deep His­tory [arti­cle]
26104. [2] (Desiderius Eras­mus) The Praise of Folly
26105. (Anna Belfer-Cohen) Prob­lems in Defin­ing a Pre­his­toric Cul­ture: An Exam­ple from the
. . . . . South­ern Lev­ant [arti­cle]
26106. (Ofer Bar-Josef & A. Belfer-Cohen) From Africa to Eura­sia — Early Dis­per­sals [arti­cle]
26107. (Ben­jamin Isakhan) Democ­racy in Ancient Iraq [from Democ­racy in Iraq: His­tory,
. . . . . Pol­i­tics, Dis­course] [excerpt]
26108. (Fred C. Woud­huizen) Etr­uscan Adds Four Hun­dred Years of His­tory to Africa as a
. . . . . Name, Con­cept and a Con­ti­nent [arti­cle]
26109. (The Anh Han, et al) Emer­gence of Coop­er­a­tion via Inten­tion Recog­ni­tion,
. . . . . Com­mit­ment, and Apol­ogy — A Research Sum­mary [arti­cle]
26110. (Åsa Berggren, et al) Revis­it­ing Reflex­ive Archae­ol­ogy at Çatal­höyük: Inte­grat­ing
. . . . . Dig­i­tal and 3D Tech­nolo­gies at the Trowel’s Edge [arti­cle]
26112. (Fred C. Woud­huizen) Review of Luwian Iden­ti­ties by A. Mou­ton, I. Ruther­ford and
. . . . . I. Yakubovich [review]
26113. (David Elk­ing­ton) Roman Min­ing Law [arti­cle]
26114. (Michael Harold Laughy) Rit­ual and Author­ity in Ancient Athens [the­sis]
26115. (Steve Muhlberger) [in blog Muhlberger’s World His­tory] What Would Thomas
. . . . . Jef­fer­son Have Said? [arti­cle]
26116. (Juan Cole) [in blog Informed Com­ment] No, GOP, Bib­li­cal Mar­riage Was Not Between
. . . . . One Man and One Woman [arti­cle]
26117. (Thomas Keneally) A Com­mon­wealth of Thieves — The Improb­a­ble Birth of Aus­tralia

Two Rediscovered Early Books by Conan Doyle

I’ve been read­ing some early works by Arthur Conan Doyle. Some of this mate­r­ial was only redis­cov­ered in recent years.

At the age of twenty, while still in med­ical school in Edin­burgh, he shipped out on a whal­ing ship for six months. The ship went to the remote arc­tic islands of Spitzber­gen [Sval­bard] and Jan Mayen, and Doyle had his twenty-first birth­day on the rim of the polar icepack. This was no tame adven­ture. It was 1880, and Doyle’s ship reached within three degrees of the record point that the British Arc­tic Expe­di­tion had turned back from in 1876. A year later, George DeLong’s Amer­i­can expe­di­tion would per­ish at a sim­i­lar lat­i­tude. The pole would not be reached with cer­tainty until 1926, when Doyle was an old man. Peary and Hen­son, often cred­ited with reach­ing the pole in 1909, are now con­sid­ered doubt­ful. Doyle’s voy­age was on a com­mer­cial whaler and sealer, dri­ven by profit, not glory, but it was cer­tainly a dan­ger­ous and spec­tac­u­lar adven­ture for a book­ish young Scott, and he later wrote that he left as a boy and came back as a man. He kept a diary, quite well writ­ten, but rather terse, and dec­o­rated with his draw­ings. On his return, he became caught up with his exams and his first attempts to build a med­ical prac­tice, and so the diary was for­got­ten. It was not pub­lished until 2012, when it appeared as Dan­ger­ous Work: Diary of an Arc­tic Adven­ture. Read more »

Sunday, June 14, 2015 — Yes, We Have No Savannah

Did early hominins evolve on the savan­nah? Almost any­one who reads works on pale­oan­thro­pol­ogy would say “yes.” I would like to explain why I’m tempted to say “no.”

A long time ago, I was chat­ting with an ornithol­o­gist. We were dis­cussing the Cana­dian province of Saskatchewan, the south­ern third of which con­sists of the clas­sic North Amer­i­can prairie land­scape. I casu­ally referred to some “prairie birds”, includ­ing among them the wil­lett and the killdeer. My friend cor­rected me. “Those aren’t prairie birds at all,” he said. “They live on the river­banks. That’s a totally dif­fer­ent ecosys­tem. It doesn’t mat­ter that it’s only a few hun­dred yards wide and six hun­dred miles long, it’s not the prairie. Dif­fer­ent plants and ani­mals, liv­ing a dif­fer­ent lifestyle.” This was some­thing I hadn’t grasped. The prairies of Saskatchewan sup­port species like the lark bunting, the bobolink, the west­ern mead­owlark, and the sharp-tailed grouse, which all nest, feed and frolic on the grass­lands, and are all bona fide “prairie birds”. Fur­ther to the north, in the great Cana­dian for­est, you will find wood­land species like the black­poll and Ten­nessee war­bler, the pine siskin, and the nuthatch. But the wil­lett and the killdeer live and work in a ripar­ian niche, the com­plex ecosys­tem of river­banks and lake­sides, which is fun­da­men­tally dif­fer­ent from the grass­lands that sur­round them. Read more »

FILMSMAY 2015

(Carey-Hill 2007) Futu­rama: Bender’s Big Score
(Losey 1954) The Sleep­ing Tiger
(Parker 1964) Teen-Age Stran­gler [Mys­tery Sci­ence The­atre ver­sion]
(Tay­lor 2012) Game of Thrones: Ep.12 ― The Night Lands
(Marks 1962) Perry Mason: Ep.159 ― The Case of the Dodg­ing Domino
(Simón 1979) Super­sonic Man [Riff­Trax ver­sion]
(Sakharov 2012) Game of Thrones: Ep.13 ― What Is Dead May Never Die
(Lyon 1962) Perry Mason: Ep.160 ― The Case of the Unsuit­able Uncle
(Miner 1962) Perry Mason: Ep.161 ― The Case of the Stand-In Sis­ter
(Gelb 2011) Jiro Dreams of Sushi Read more »